On Thursday, November 5, Lisa Bird from Special Olympics traveled to Yarmouth to recognize HMS as a National Unified Champion School. A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. HMS is one of four Maine schools receiving the honor this year, along with Oxford Hills High School, Morse High School, and Dexter Regional High School.
Many thanks to Meredith Hawkins, YHS ‘16, for starting us on this path with her idea for our Young Athlete’s Festival way back in 2012!
More about National Unified Champion Schools can be read here.